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cull the herd

1. Literally, to separate or remove (and usually kill) inferior animals out of a herd so as to reduce numbers or remove undesirable traits from the group as a whole. We had to quickly cull the herd when it came to light that some cows might be carrying an infectious disease.
2. By extension, to separate or remove people from a larger group. With so many people applying for a limited number of jobs, employers have had to cull the herd by introducing much stricter criteria and a more elaborate application for hiring. Universities have long used standardized test results as a means of culling the herd of applicants they receive each year.
See also: cull, herd

cull (someone or something) out of (something)

To remove someone or something from a group. We were so determined to win the science bowl that we culled everyone who seemed susceptible to stage fright out of the team.
See also: cull, of, out

cull someone or something out of something

 and cull someone or something out
to eliminate someone or something from a group. We will cull the older pigeons out from the flock. They culled out the slower runners from the team.
See also: cull, of, out

cull

n. a socially unacceptable person. This place is so filled with culls! Let’s split.
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Of course, whales are currently being culled (killed) daily for scientific research as are all the animals being blinded, infected, dissected, etc, by our scientific ghouls.
Twenty-five thousand badgers have been culled and it's had no effect whatever on the badger population or the cattle.
He said: "Within the culled area you get a reduction in cattle TB incidents of 23%, but in the surrounding area, the cattle incidence of TB is increased by 25% so on balance that leaves 2% - a very minimal or modest impact of culling on the cattle disease.
Culls on badgers in Australia have cut TB in water buffalo,in New Zealand they've culled badgers to save possum populations and in Canada it's been done to save wild deer.
A government cull was announced two years ago but Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, which runs Brandon Marsh Nature Centre and other Midland nature reserves, vowed the ducks would not be culled on its land.
Wilbow" is a farmer in the area of North Pembrokeshire where badgers are being culled as part of the Welsh Assembly Government's measures to eradicate anti-bovine TB
Therefore, EBLEX urges both suckler and dairy herd managers to re-examine their replacement strategies to ensure animals are culled before becoming ineligible for the food chain and treated for conditions that may threaten their marketability wherever feasible.
The Anglesey AM claimed the island suffered the second worst killing ratio in the UK - behind Wigtown in southern Scotland - when comparing the number of farms culled against the number of infected premises which had been confirmed positive in the laboratory.
A government cull was announced two years ago but Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, which runs Bran-don Marsh Nature Centre and other Midland nature reserves, vowed the ducks would not be culled on its land.
The work took eight years and cost pounds 34m and nearly 11,000 badgers were culled in specific areas in a bid to find out whether a cull made any difference to the incidence of TB in cattle.
The team found a 19% reduction in the incidence of cattle TB in the areas culled, but a 29% increase of the disease in surrounding farms ( up to 2km away.
The vast majority are culled because of this, and as a result, there are too many involuntary culls as opposed to those which leave because they are being sold as a milking animal for management or commercial reasons.
Poultry on a sixth premises were being culled last night on suspicion of bird flu, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.